In the Week 10 edition of the Fantasy Football Survival Kit, Matt Harmon helps you, the people, let off some steam.
In the Week 10 edition of the Fantasy Football Survival Kit, Matt Harmon helps you, the people, let off some steam.
Chef Rocco DiSpirito tells Yahoo Life how to make his very special waffles from his most recent book, "Rocco’s Keto Comfort Food Diet."
The end of the year is prime time for savings at your favorite retailers. While Costco is big on deals throughout the year, they tend to step it up around the Holidays. Be cautious, however, when seeing giveaways advertised on Facebook and other social media sites. One circulating recently promises free groceries and even a Costco voucher. (Prepare for your next trip to the grocery store by finding out what might not be there— here are the 8 Grocery Items That May Soon Be in Short Supply.)The post, shared by "Costco US" in late November, claimed to be CEO Craig Jelinek. It offered customers who shared and commented on the post within 24 hours a Christmas Food Box worth $250 and a $35 voucher. Pictures of the CEO, as well as boxes of Costco merchandise, were attached. People were encouraged to validate their entry into the giveaway by going to getvalidate-entry.com. It was all a scam to get the email addresses, passwords, and credit card numbers of unsuspecting people, according to Komando.com.Luckily customers on Facebook discovered the scam, too, and reported it to the real Costco store. One let the official Facebook page know, with a link to the scam. Costco responded that they have "reported this scam to the appropriate personnel." Another customer commented, saying they were going to report it to Costco, too, since friends of theirs were sharing it because they thought it was real. Currently, the fake giveaway page is not available.Another fake Costco page, Costco-Stores US shared similar pictures on Nov. 30 with a giveaway sign and information about how to receive a gift from the store. As of Dec. 3, that post has one comment and is still up.To stay up to date on all Costco news, sign up for our daily newsletter!
As coronavirus deaths surpassed 2,760 yesterday—just a few hundred American souls shy of those lost on 9/11—a return to "normal" can't come soon enough. Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation's top infectious disease expert and the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, discussed when we might get back to some semblance of things being OK, and said it depended on two factors. "It really is a precarious situation, very unfortunate for us," he told ABC News Prime of the current surge, which may soon be a "surge on top of a surge." "But I think we just have to do the kinds of things to limit the possibility of there being spread." Read on to find out what you can do to help stop the deaths (and save your life), and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these Sure Signs You've Already Had Coronavirus.Getting Back to "Normal" Depends on Two Things, Says Dr. Fauci"Getting us back to normal is going to depend on two things," Fauci told ABC News Prime. "One is going to be continuation of a baseline degree of good public health practices." You know the fundamentals by now, but are you following them?Wear a mask consistently and correctlyAvoid crowdsStay six feet apart Opt for the outdoors more than indoors Wash your hands"The other," Fauci continues, "is we already have a highly efficacious vaccine in order to make that an effective program." Vaccines from Pfizer and Moderna, for example, should get FDA emergency approval this month, maybe as soon as this or next week. But then: "You have to have a rather large proportion of the population getting vaccinated. I would say that would be at least 70% and maybe more of the U.S. population."This may prove a challenge. "About half of U.S. adults (51%) now say they would definitely or probably get a vaccine to prevent COVID-19 if it were available today; nearly as many (49%) say they definitely or probably would not get vaccinated at this time," reports Pew Research. "Intent to get a COVID-19 vaccine has fallen from 72% in May, a 21 percentage point drop."Dr. Fauci was on TV to try to get those people to change their minds. "If we can do that, we can get a blanket of immunity over this country that as we get into the summer and early fall, we could be very close to normal, not exactly, but really close to normal," said Fauci. "So that's the reason why we encourage people to look at the data, which is sound data about the safety and the efficacy of the vaccines and go out there and get vaccinated."RELATED: COVID Symptoms Usually Appear in This Order, Study FindsDr. Fauci Has Some Words of HopeFauci was asked why he still thinks we can turn this around, given the "dark year." "I think it's a combination of what we know works, the public health measures, but also the extraordinary lift that we're going to get that help that I say is on the way with a vaccine, this vaccine right now," he said. "Getting it within less than a year of the discovery of a new virus is beyond unprecedented. It's most extraordinary. So that's the thing that gives me hope, but also I think the bravery of the American people and how we've been able to handle this as a nation, particularly the healthcare providers who put themselves and their families at risk. Every time they go to work in the morning, they are really heroes."RELATED: 7 Side Effects of Wearing a Face MaskHow to Survive the PandemicAs the doctor says: "This is real." Protect those heroes and protect yourself by following Fauci's fundamentals—wear a face mask, social distance, avoid large crowds, don't go indoors with people you're not sheltering with, practice good hand hygiene and to protect your life and the lives of others, and don't visit any of these 35 Places You're Most Likely to Catch COVID.
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The U.S. is in a "very critical time" as COVID-19 cases surge nationwide and in several states in particular, said Dr. Robert Redfield, director of the Centers for Disease Control&Prevention, on Wednesday. "Unfortunately, we're experiencing substantial surge across the nation," said Redfield during an online Q&A with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, noting that a significant number of states are in the "red zone" for new infections. Read on for his full warning, and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these Sure Signs You've Already Had Coronavirus."A very critical time" for states and healthcare resourcesJust as coronavirus cases in the Northern Plains have leveled off after spiking in late fall, Redfield said the pandemic is resurging in: IndianaOhioPennsylvaniaThe Mid-Atlantic states (Maryland, Delaware, the District of Columbia, Pennsylvania, and Virginia, along with the parts of New Jersey, New York, and North Carolina)The Sun Belt (which technically includes Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, Nevada, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee and Texas)and Redfield specifically singled out California, Oregon, and Washington state."We really have an extensive pandemic now throughout the nation," he said. A million cases of COVID-19 were reported in the U.S. each week through November. So far this month, several states have set records for new cases and hospitalizations. Nationwide, the daily death rate has begun to approach the peak set back in April."In the spring, we were talking about 20,000 to 30,000 people in the hospital," said Redfield. "Now we're over 90,000 people in the hospital.""We are at a very critical time right now about being able to maintain the resilience of our healthcare system," he added.Three potential vaccines have proven to be effective in late-stage trials, and the FDA may approve the first for emergency use within days, allowing vaccinations to begin in high-risk groups like nursing-home residents and healthcare providers before the end of the month. But 75 to 80 percent of Americans will need to be vaccinated before widespread immunity is achieved, and experts say that won't be possible until the middle of 2021.RELATED: Dr. Fauci Says Most People Did This Before Catching COVID"Rough times" ahead; here's how to stay alive"The reality is December and January and February are going to be rough times," said Redfield. "I actually believe they're going to be the most difficult time in the public health history of this nation, largely because of the stress that's going to put on our healthcare system."Redfield urged all Americans to follow public-health recommendations, including social distancing, avoiding crowds, gathering outdoors more than indoors, and universal mask-wearing. He cited a Kansas study which found that counties with mask mandates experienced a six percent decline in COVID-19 cases, while counties that didn't require face masks saw a 100 percent increase. "This virus really is going to require all of us to really be vigilant about wearing a mask," he said.So do everything you can to prevent getting—and spreading—COVID-19 in the first place: Wear a face mask, get tested if you think you have coronavirus, avoid crowds (and bars, and house parties), practice social distancing, only run essential errands, wash your hands regularly, disinfect frequently touched surfaces, and to get through this pandemic at your healthiest, don't miss these 35 Places You're Most Likely to Catch COVID.
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With coronavirus deaths breaking a record yesterday—more than 2,760 Americans gone within 24 hours—you're right to be concerned about catching COVID-19. Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation's top infectious disease expert, warned yesterday of exactly what may put you in danger—and put you at risk of endangering someone else. "It really is a precarious situation, very unfortunate for us," he said of the current surge, which may soon be a "surge on top of a surge." "But I think we just have to do the kinds of things to limit the possibility of there being spread." Read on to find out if you should assume you're infected, and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these Sure Signs You've Already Had Coronavirus.Assume You are Infected and Dangerous to Others, If You Did This"Americans who celebrated Thanksgiving with other people outside their household should assume they are infectious and a 'dangerous to others,' the White House Coronavirus Task Force is warning in a startling new report," according to ABC News, which obtained the 413-page assessment of the pandemic. "Delivered Nov. 29 to the nation's governors, but not released publicly, President Donald Trump's top pandemic advisers said it's up to state and local public health officials to alert the public as COVID-19 cases hit an all-time high.""It must be made clear that if you are over 65 or have significant health conditions, you should not enter any indoor public spaces where anyone is unmasked due to the immediate risk to your health," says the report. "If you are under 40, you need to assume you became infected during the Thanksgiving period if you gathered beyond your immediate household," the task force wrote. "Most likely, you will not have symptoms; however, you are dangerous to others and you must isolate away from anyone at increased risk for severe disease and get tested immediately," the group added.RELATED: COVID Symptoms Usually Appear in This Order, Study FindsDr. Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, explained the meaning on ABC News Prime. "We have to be really very careful—what we call community spread is generally spread by people who are not symptomatic," he said. "And the chances of a younger person who's infected of being not symptomatic is certainly pretty good. Like about 40 to 45% of the infections are people who don't have any symptoms. That's the innocent, inadvertent spreading of infection. So that was what we meant by that. If you're going to be in a situation where either you've traveled, you've been at an airport, you've been at a crowded train station, you've been in a congregate setting—really, you need to assume, as strange as that seems, you need to assume that you might actually be infected even though you have no symptoms. And for that reason wear a mask so that you can protect those around you."Dr. Fauci clarified further: "Particularly if, when you're going home to the family, you might have an elderly individual or someone with an underlying condition. If they get infected, it may not be like you namely with no symptoms. It may be. They'll wind up in the hospital with a serious consequence." To be blunt, that serious consequence can mean at worse, death, possibly in an overflowing hospital, and can include Post-COVID Syndrome, a debilitating situation in which unexplained symptoms last for months, possibly a lifetime. "That's happening all around us," said Fauci. "This isn't made up. This is the reality of what's going on right now in our country. We had over 2,000 deaths yesterday. We have between 100 and 200,000 infections per day. We have 99,000 hospitalizations. That's real stuff that's not fake. And that's the reason why we give these kinds of warnings of what people need to do."RELATED: 7 Side Effects of Wearing a Face MaskHow to Survive the PandemicAs the doctor says: "This is real." Follow Fauci's fundamentals—wear a face mask, social distance, avoid large crowds, don't go indoors with people you're not sheltering with, practice good hand hygiene and to protect your life and the lives of others, and don't visit any of these 35 Places You're Most Likely to Catch COVID.
The return of Thomas Hardy's favourite haunt, the King's Arms, Dorchester – reviewThis newly-restored 16th-century hotel and inn, immortalised by the novelist, had a rocky start due to the pandemic. But, unlike most of his stories, there is hope of a happy ending
Campaign to buy JRR Tolkien's house backed by Lord of the Rings actorsIan McKellen and Martin Freeman support £4.5m crowdfunding campaign to turn the Oxford home where Tolkien wrote his most famous books into a museum
From Martha Washington to Melania Trump: 250 years of first lady portraiture. Portraits of presidents’ wives have evolved with the role, and although it remains highly gendered, a new exhibition aims to celebrate their contribution and to ‘rectify the absences of women in US history’
Mariah Carey's 30 greatest singles – ranked!. With All I Want for Christmas Is You on the cusp of claiming the UK No 1 for the first time in 26 years, what better time to celebrate one of the great R&B; repertoires?
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It's been a tumultuous year for a bar and restaurant chain that has been a staple in many neighborhoods around the country for nearly 50 years. After the start of the coronavirus pandemic, Ruby Tuesday closed about 30% of the 470 total locations. More were shut down over the summer, and in early October, the chain officially filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. Although the filing allows for restructuring, restaurants continue to close and one area on the east coast won't be able to see the changes since all the locations there are gone for good. (This chain isn't the only one altering things, McDonald's Is Making These 8 Major Upgrades.)The last Ruby Tuesday along the Jersey Shore has closed in Toms River, according to the Asbury Park Press. A sign on the door announced the closure, even though the location is still listed on Ruby Tuesday's website. Another location in Eatontown recently closed, as did two in Lakewood and Neptune in May. Only three in Monmouth, Mt. Laurel, and Langhorne, N.J. remain. Eat This, Not That! has reached out to the company for a comment.In a statement released along with the bankruptcy news on Oct. 7, CEO Shawn Lederman said despite the filing, "Ruby Tuesday is open for business as usual" and that the "announcement does not mean 'Goodbye, Ruby Tuesday' but 'Hello, to a stronger Ruby Tuesday'." He said they plan to complete the restructuring process as quickly as possible, but there is no word yet about the restaurant emerging out of it just yet. A hearing is set for Dec. 18.Although they started the year with nearly 500 restaurants, after the last Jersey Shore Ruby Tuesday closure there are now less than 250. In addition to this beloved chain, here are this year's Saddest Restaurant Closures in Your State.
Small, home-based gatherings are driving the nation's COVID-19 surge, said CDC director Dr. Robert Redfield on Wednesday, and he urged all Americans to follow public health guidelines and wear face masks vigilantly. In the initial coronavirus waves earlier this year, public health officials determined large gatherings were the biggest transmission threat. That has changed as winter approaches. "One of the major drivers of transmission is not the public square. It's actually the home gatherings, where people let down their guard," said Redfield. "You bring in family members, and they don't realize that the major presentation of this virus for individuals, say, under the age of 40 is it's totally asymptomatic—you don't know you're infected." Read on for his full warning, and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these Sure Signs You've Already Had Coronavirus.Death toll may reach 450,000 by February—unless we do thisThis type of asymptomatic transmission among families is driving the increase in cases, Redfield said, adding that communities often don't recognize a surge until the virus is contracted by people who are more vulnerable, such as senior citizens. Those people tend to develop symptoms; some need to be hospitalized. To prevent this, Redfield urged all Americans to wear face masks, saying they effectively reduce transmission of the virus. He cited a Kansas study which found that counties with mask mandates saw a six percent decline in COVID-19 cases, while counties that didn't require face masks had a 100 percent increase."It's not a political decision," he said. "This is a public health tool, a very powerful public health tool, very simple, but very powerful." Redfield noted that deaths have been rising nationwide and that by February, the pandemic's death toll may reach 450,000. But that's "not a fait accompli," he added, if Americans universally adopt public health recommendations like social distancing, avoiding crowds and mask wearing. RELATED: 10 Places You Shouldn't Go Even If They're OpenAll Americans need "to really be vigilant""We are not defenseless. The truth is mitigation works," said Redfield. "If we embrace it. The challenge with this virus is, it's not going to work if half of us do what we need to do. It's not even going to work if three-quarters of us do what we need to do. This virus really is going to require all of us to really be vigilant about wearing a mask, and unfortunately not just when we're in the public square."As for yourself, do everything you can to prevent getting—and spreading—COVID-19 in the first place: Wear a face mask, get tested if you think you have coronavirus, avoid crowds (and bars, and house parties), practice social distancing, only run essential errands, wash your hands regularly, disinfect frequently touched surfaces, and to get through this pandemic at your healthiest, don't miss these 35 Places You're Most Likely to Catch COVID.
How do you know if you've already had coronavirus? As a doctor, I am asked this often. Although there are numerous symptoms of COVID, many of these, such as fever, can occur from numerous infections. Plus, an estimated 40-45% of patients are asymptomatic and may not feel anything. But if you had a severe, dry cough and shortness of breath, these are most suggestive of coronavirus. Cough and shortness of breath occur because of the virus infecting the lungs. Of course, the best way to know for sure if to get tested and quarantine until you have the result, but other signs you've already had coronavirus—or have Post-COVID Syndrome, which can last for months after infection—include the following. Read on, and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these 35 Places You're Most Likely to Catch COVID. 1 Fatigue You'll feel this as your body diverts energy production to fighting the infection. 2 Fever A fever occurs as the body tries to make the local temperature inhospitable to the virus.RELATED: COVID Symptoms Usually Appear in This Order, Study Finds 3 "Brain Fog" Dr. Anthony Fauci has called this "difficulty in concentrating" or a sudden "confusion." It is common with numerous infections as your body produces interferon and because of toxins from the infections (and numerous other causes). 4 Sore Throat You might experience this because of the virus infecting the throat. 5 Nausea and Diarrhea The virus can also infect the stomach and intestines.RELATED: Dr. Fauci Says Most People Did This Before Catching COVID 6 You Might Have Post-COVID Syndrome Post-COVID Syndrome is when you have persistent symptoms of fatigue, insomnia, brain fog, cough, and shortness of breath more than three weeks after the infection. Other symptoms can also be present, but these are the most important. (Specific injury to the lungs, brain, and heart also contributes to symptoms.) Dr. Fauci has correctly noted that this represents post-viral chronic fatigue syndrome. This is when a severe energy crisis causes people to trip an almond sized circuit breaker in the brain called the hypothalamus. This results in inability to sleep, widespread hormonal deficiencies, brain fog, fatigue, and your brain not getting enough blood when you stand. 7 Is There a Cure for Post-Viral Syndrome? I had post-viral chronic fatigue syndrome in 1975. It knocked me out of medical school and left me homeless for a year. Once I learned how to recover, I spent the next 45 years researching and developing effective treatment for post-viral chronic fatigue syndrome. Numerous studies are underway trying to understand the causes of post-COVID syndrome. But the good news is that post-viral chronic fatigue syndrome, and persistent post-COVID symptoms, are very treatable. Our published placebo-controlled study showed that SHINE (optimizing Sleep, Hormones, Immunity, Nutrition, and Exercise as able) resulted in an average 90% increase in quality of life, making this very treatable. I feel post-COVID can be effectively treated and now. The problem is not lack of effective treatments, but rather lack of effective physician education. Discuss Post-COVID Syndrome with your doctor—or a post-viral specialist like me—and to get through this pandemic at your healthiest, don't miss the comprehensive list of the Sure Signs You've Already Had Coronavirus.
Ever entered a room and then wondered why? You know you went in for something, but was it to grab your keys, or your headphones, or to turn off the lights? You remember soon enough, but the momentary blip raises a concern: Are you losing your memory? Is it already lost?Relax for a second, and remember this: You can prevent this from happening.Science used to think of brain functions, like memory, as semi-mystical processes that were out of our control. Forgetfulness and cognitive decline was accepted as a natural part of aging. Today, we know neither is true. Although there's no guarantee that you'll be grabbing grand prizes on Jeopardy! in your golden years, there are plenty of easy, even fun, things you can do to prevent memory loss. Read on to discover Eat This, Not That! Health's top 21, and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these Sure Signs You've Already Had Coronavirus. 1 Drink Coffee Good news, java junkies: Your daily habit can be good for your brain. Several studies have shown that caffeine has a positive effect on memory—and the benefits are most pronounced in the people of middle age and over 65. Memory peaks in the morning and declines over the day, but research published in the journal Psychological Science found that older adults who drank two cups of coffee didn't suffer this "time-of-day" effect.The Rx: Drink up. Just don't exceed 300mg of caffeine a day, which is about three cups of drip coffee. 2 Exercise You knew that physical activity was good for your heart, but did you realize it can literally pump up your brain? Researchers at the University of British Columbia found that aerobic exercise actually increases the size of the hippocampus, the part of the brain associated with memory storage.The Rx: The American Heart Association recommends at least 150 minutes a week of moderate aerobic activity, like brisk walking, or 75 minutes of vigorous aerobic activity, like jogging or swimming. 3 Stay Mentally Active Just as physical exercise helps keep your body fit, mentally stimulating activities help keep your brain in shape—and might keep memory loss at bay.The Rx: Read or do crossword puzzles. Play cards or computer games. Volunteer at a local charity or school. Take different routes when driving. Learn to play a musical instrument. 4 Treat Depression We're learning more all the time about the far-reaching effects depression can have on our health, from increasing the risk of cardiovascular disease to impairing memory. A study published in the journal Neurology found that people with symptoms of depression had worse episodic memory, a smaller brain volume, and a larger number of vascular lesions. "With as many as 25 percent of older adults experiencing symptoms of depression, it's important to better understand the relationship between depression and memory problems," said study author Adina Zeki Al Hazzouri, Ph.D., MS, of the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine in Florida.The Rx: If you're experiencing chronic sadness, low mood or a lack of interest in things you used to enjoy, talk to your doctor. 5 Socialize Hanging out with friends can count as a workout for your brain. According to a University of Michigan study, spending just 10 minutes talking with a friend can yield significant improvements in memory and overall cognitive ability.The Rx: Call or Skype with relatives and friends. Go to the gym. Take classes. Just don't spend too much time on social media like Facebook: That's correlated with a higher risk of depression.RELATED: COVID Symptoms Usually Appear in This Order, Study Finds 6 Reduce Stress Relax more. If you don't learn to let some things go, you might lose your memory. Researchers at the University of Iowa have linked the stress hormone cortisol to short-term memory loss in older adults.The Rx: Mindfulness, meditation, unplugging from social media and TV, and regular physical exercise are all very effective at reducing stress. 7 Get Enough Sleep During sleep, the body heals and recharges itself. The brain, in particular, flushes away toxins, which researchers found lowers the risk of Alzheimer's. Another study, published in the journal Neuroscience, found that people who were taught specific finger movements (like hitting piano keys) were better able to recall them after 12 hours of rest. "When you're asleep, it seems as though you are shifting memory to more efficient storage regions within the brain," said study author Matthew Walker, Ph.D., of the BIDMC's Sleep and Neuroimaging Laboratory.The Rx: The National Sleep Foundation recommends that adults of every age get seven to nine hours of sleep nightly—no more, no less. Oversleeping has been correlated with a higher risk of dementia. 8 Eat a Healthy Diet and Avoid Obesity A poor diet won't just add to your waistline—it can detract from your memory. A new study published in the journal Frontiers in Endocrinology found that unhealthy eating habits can impact brain health. "People are eating away at their brain with a really bad fast-food diet and little-to-no exercise," said study author Nicholas Cherbuin, head of the Centre for Research on Ageing, Health and Wellbeing at the Australian National University. "We've found strong evidence that people's unhealthy eating habits and lack of exercise for sustained periods of time puts them at serious risk of developing type 2 diabetes and significant declines in brain function, such as dementia and brain shrinkage."The Rx: Keep your weight in a healthy range—your heart and blood pressure will benefit too. What specific diet has been correlated with better brain health? Read on to find out. 9 Eat Oysters How's this for a seductive proposition: Oysters are a rich source of zinc, which improves working memory among middle-aged and the elderly, according to research published in the British Journal of Nutrition.The Rx: Indulge in oysters every now and again. Other foods high in zinc include eggs, nuts, legumes and whole grains. 10 Eat Grapefruit The sour breakfast staple of yesteryear has only a sweet effect on your brain. Why? It's high in folic acid. Research published in The Lancet found that study subjects who consumed more folic acid had "significantly better" memory, information processing speed and sensorimotor speed than a group taking a placebo.The Rx: Add a half-grapefruit to your meal. One caveat: Grapefruit and grapefruit juice can interfere with some types of medication. Talk to your doctor. He might advise a multivitamin instead. Other foods that are high in folic acid include leafy green vegetables, other citrus fruits, beans (particularly black-eyed peas), avocados and bananas.RELATED: Simple Ways to Avoid a Heart Attack, According to Doctors 11 Practice Mindfulness Chilling out can keep your memory intact. Researchers at the University of California at Santa Barbara found that college students who did 45-minute meditation sessions four times a week scored 60 points higher on the GRE's verbal exam after just two weeks.The Rx: How do you practice mindfulness? It's the groundwork of meditation: Sit in a quiet place, breathe slowly, and concentrate on what you're thinking and feeling in the present moment. (Here's a quick guide.) 12 Eat Avocados It's time to join the millennials in ordering avocado toast: A 2017 study at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign found that monounsaturated fatty acids — like those found in avocados — may improve organizational function in the brain, potentially boosting memory retention.The Rx: Add avocado to your diet, but don't overindulge: Nutritionists say one-quarter of an avocado equals one serving. Other foods rich in beneficial monounsaturated fatty acids include almonds, cashews, peanuts and peanut butter, and olive oil. 13 Play Board Games Here's a good excuse to revisit the high human drama of Monopoly and Risk: Researchers at the Université Bordeaux Ségalen and the Institute for European Expertise in Physiology found that adult patients who regularly played board games were 15 percent less likely to develop dementia than their non-game-playing peers, and they experienced less depression as well.The Rx: Get playing. The researchers said bingo and card games count too. 14 Sprinkle Some Cinnamon Add this spice to your life ASAP. A study published in PLoS One reveal that mice fed cinnamon extract exhibited fewer symptoms of Alzheimer's disease, including memory and cognitive issues, than a control group.The Rx: Top oatmeal with cinnamon, stir it into your coffee or sprinkle it onto whole-grain toast.RELATED: Simple Ways to Never Age, According to Experts 15 Enjoy Dark Chocolate Just like cinnamon, dark chocolate has been correlated with a healthier brain. A 2018 study at Loma Linda University found that eating just one serving of dark chocolate could boost memory, cognition, the immune system and mood.The Rx: Treat yourself to a few squares of dark chocolate regularly. Look for a bar that's at least 80 percent cacao. 16 Eat Fruits and Vegetables Here's another reason to eat your greens (and all other colors of the rainbow): A 2018 study published in the journal Neurology surveyed 28,000 men; those who ate the most fruits and vegetables were the least likely to develop poor thinking skills. "Scientists speculated that the antioxidants and bioactive substances — such as vitamins A, B, C, and E; carotenoids; flavonoids; and polyphenols — found in fruit and vegetables may reduce brain oxidative stress, which in effect may prevent age-related brain dysfunction like memory loss," says Harvard Medical School.The Rx: At the grocery store, see red first. Resveratrol, a pigment found in red fruit, like apples, strawberries, raspberries, and grapes, has been linked to a reduction in Alzheimer's risk by researchers at Georgetown University, potentially boosting memory. 17 Eat a Diet Low in Saturated Fat Foods high in saturated fat aren't just bad for your heart—they also tax the brain. Why? They boosting your blood cholesterol level, which forms sticky plaques in arteries. The same process that can lead to a heart attack seems to gum up the neurological works as well. In a study published in the journal Annals of Neurology, study participants who ate the most saturated fats from foods such as red meat and butter performed worse on tests of thinking and memory than those who ate the least saturated fat.The Rx: An excellent diet for your brain and heart is the Mediterranean diet — lots of fruits and vegetables, plus fish, whole grains, legumes, nuts and healthy fats like olive oil. 18 Quit Smoking If you haven't permanently stubbed out the cigarettes yet, this might convince you: People who've quit smoking have better memory than their still-smoking peers. That's the conclusion of a study published in the Journal of Alcohol&Drug Dependence. Researchers think the same toxins that damage the lungs can harm areas of the brain dedicated to memory.The Rx: If you need help quitting, see your doctor. Don't switch to smokeless tobacco or e-cigarettes.RELATED: Unhealthiest Habits on the Planet, According to Doctors 19 Skip Simple Carbs and Added Sugar Junk food can turn your mind to mush. Eating highly refined carbohydrates—like white bread, bagels, cookies and sugar-sweetened beverages—and foods high in added sugar can lead to high blood sugar, which has been linked to memory loss and dementia.The Rx: Choose foods made with whole grains, exercise and avoid empty calories to keep your blood sugar, and memory, in check. 20 Watch Less TV Turns out mom was right—too much TV will rot your brain. A study published in the journal Brain and Cognition found that, for each hour a person between the ages of 40 and 59 spends watching TV, their risk of developing Alzheimer's increases by 1.3 percent.The Rx: Turn off the tube more often. Socializing and getting physical exercise will boost your brain health too. 21 Drink Less Alcohol Booze is a potent neurotoxin that has damaging effects on the brain. Researchers have found that chronic binge drinking can damage the hippocampus, a part of the brain that is crucial to memory.The Rx: Experts say women should limit themselves to one drink a day, and men to two. After age 65, men should downsize to a solo drink too. And to get through this pandemic at your healthiest, don't miss these 35 Places You're Most Likely to Catch COVID.
"When I'm not looking in the mirror I feel so great about myself, and then when I start to look and study and compare and despair it makes me so sad about our culture."